Pets/Friends for Life would like to provide everyone with a progress report on 2016! This past year has seen the shelter undergo some changes. Since the beginning of December 2015, the shelter has been under new management. We wish to thank all of our retired volunteers for their previous dedication to our cats and kittens. 2016 has given the shelter an opportunity to move forward with new enthusiasm and progressive ideas. The Board of Directors endorsed using the power of the Internet and social media to promote our cause. A brand new website was set up (petsfriendsforlife.ca) and we began using our Pets/Friends for Life Facebook page to individually promote our available cats and kittens. As a result, our message is getting out to a larger area. We have been able to adopt cats and kittens to Ottawa, Hamilton, Mississauga, Selkirk, Cambridge and Kincardine.
We started a new initiative this year to promote our loveable and well deserving senior cats. This has been a huge success! Since January 2016, we have been able to place 13 senior cats in wonderful homes. Senior cats make great pets, they truly are appreciative and are very loyal to their new families. We still have a handful of senior cats that should get their chance at a forever home. Conan, Sweetoms, Kai, Emily and Jasmine to name a few. Johnny Walker who at the age of ten and having lived in the shelter the better part of eight years, was one lucky boy when he and his buddy Kyle got picked to go to a new home together! Hazel had lived in the shelter for nearly eight years before she picked her new people. One of our longest residents, Dini, a spunky tabby who lived in the shelter for twelve years, finally found her own family. Her new family came from Selkirk especially to adopt her! Joey was selected by an extended family to be a companion to a senior! These were some of the best days we had this year. It goes to show that we can never give up hope that each cat will get their own home. We are always thrilled when we get updates from families on the cats that have been adopted through our shelter. What a great way to follow up on our many success stories.
We have also been very privileged to adopt a few cats into homes with people who have special needs. We are honoured to help these families feel the love of their own cats. Pets/Friends for Life has a few cats who themselves are special needs. Charlie Chaplin is FIV and needs a quiet home. This big boy is very loveable and has a big presence in the shelter. There are three young cats that we admitted to the shelter who were each born with congenital eye defects. Lucky Raven found his home! Logan and Hobbs are cats that see very well, but prospective adopters often overlook their great, cuddly personalities. We will continue our work to find these two cats their forever homes too!
Our volunteers continue to work hard to socialize and look after all of our resident cats' needs. We wish to heartily thank all of our devoted volunteers who come in and clean the shelter daily so that our cats stay healthy. Pets/Friends for Life continues to look for volunteers who can carry forward our work so that our shelter will carry on for the next generation. We always hear that people love the concept of our shelter since our cats roam free and get to live in an atmosphere that resembles "home" as much as possible. Our volunteers continue to attend events to get our "message out" and fund raise. Our goal for 2017 will be to raise as many funds as possible to do a much needed and previously neglected roof repair. Our building is around one hundred years old and our roof is in dire need of repair. Our fingers will be crossed that we do not have a failure over winter.
The Board and Volunteers wish to thank each and every one of our supporters and friends. We can't do this work alone. To date, we have adopted to new homes 153 cats this year, surpassing 2015's 10 month total by 50! We encourage everyone to visit, see how the shelter operates and have a cuddle with our cats!
Kind regards from the Board of Directors of Pets/Friends for Life
For anyone interested in volunteering at the shelter, we have made our volunteer application form available here. Please consider helping us out. Any help, any time, if only twice per month is always appreciated!
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THANKS TO HILL'S FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR SHELTER AND CATS.
THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED US REPLACE OUR AIR CONDITIONER UNIT! WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ALSO REPLACE TWO OTHERS IN POOR CONDITION TOO.
Our website is always under development. Check back later for more information! Please help our shelter with a donation! We receive no government support.
We are a non profit, registered charity and no kill cat shelter in St. Thomas, Ontario. We have been helping abandoned and rescued cats find homes since 2000. Our cats receive veterinarian care, spaying/neutering and initial vaccinations. This shelter is unique because we allow our cats to roam free! None of the cats are caged unless they become sick or are initially in quarantine. We operate solely on donations and with volunteer help. 100% of donations go directly to the shelter. Please consider helping with a cash donation or volunteering your time. We accept donations of cat food, litter and cleaning supplies too. Please call the shelter to check on what supplies we could use. Volunteers help clean but also provide socialization to the cats with playing and grooming.
Pets/Friends for Life policy is that all adopted cats go to homes where they will be indoor cats only. Many of our cats have come to us from a life on the streets after they have been abandoned or lost from a previous home. We wish to ensure that these cats do not have to suffer the dangers of the outdoors again which include cars, other wild animals, dangerous plants and substances. If you are considering adopting a cat from us, please consider the cat's long term safety and respect our "indoors only" policy. We wish them to live a long, healthy and safe life and this can be done by keeping them indoors!
When adopting a cat or kitten from Pets/Friends for Life our adoption fee, which is $150, includes first vaccinations. We work with several veterinary clinics to spay and neuter our cats. Adult cats will have been spayed or neutered upon adoption. Younger cats/kittens will be adopted out but MUST be spayed or neutered later. If you wish to see a veterinarian of your choice for this, a paid certificate or invoice must be provided in order for our organization to refund a portion of this procedure to the adopting family/person. All of the cats will have been de-wormed and treated for fleas in addition to a wellness examination by a veterinarian. The cat's health record will be included in the adoption paperwork. Cats and kittens are adopted on a first come, first served basis. Kittens may be adopted before 8 weeks of age, but will not be allowed to go to their new home until they turn 8 weeks old.